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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.
Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.
Published: Singing the Praises of Chick Flicks on Stage
Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online A new musical comedy celebrates an unfairly maligned genre Fans of so-called chick flicks — cinematic stories centering on romance, family and female friendships — often defend their penchant for these … Continue reading
Published: How Being a Dad Helped Tom Kitt Write His New Musical
Originally published in TDF Stages View this story online The co-creator of Next to Normal debuts Superhero Off-Broadway — Superhero at Second Stage Theatre is a homecoming for Tom Kitt. The composer’s breakthrough musical with lyricist Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal, about a family struggling with mental … Continue reading
Published: Why Smashing the Patriarchy Is So Exhausting
Originally published in TDF Stages View this story online Marin Ireland is all fired up in Abby Rosebrock’s Blue Ridge In 2015, Abby Rosebrock‘s mentor said he was worried about her due to “all this plasma hot rage” in the new play … Continue reading
Interview: Finally Centerstage and Singing: The Hello Girls at 59E59 Theaters
Cathryn Wake, Skyler Volpe, Ellie Fishman, Chanel Karimkhani, Lili Thomas Photo by Richard Termine It was the phrase “unsung heroes” that captured Cara Reichel’s attention. The hour-long PBS documentary spotlighting women in the military only devoted about two minutes … Continue reading
Published: Role Call: Executive Director: Robert Serrell
Originally published in American Theatre Magazine View this story online “I’m such a nerd,” laughs Robert Serrell, executive director of the Barrow Group Theatre Company and School, then launches into a detailed explanation of search engine optimization techniques. This is hardly … Continue reading
Published: Intimate Exchanges
Originally published in American Theatre magazine View this story online Adam Noble had been teaching an advanced scene study class for just one month when he faced a startling encounter with sexual assault in acting. A student came to him … Continue reading
Published: How Do You Conjure a Feminist Icon Onstage?
Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online Breaking new ground for women in theatre is nothing new for Emily Mann. The 66-year-old playwright and director, who has served as the artistic director of New Jersey’s McCarter Theatre Center since 1991, … Continue reading
Published: How Immersive Theater Is Bringing Intimacy Back to Entertainment
Originally published on Electric Literature View this story online Where is Narnia?” I joked as I stepped through the back of the large wooden wardrobe featured in the center of a Lower East Side basement. I didn’t actually expect to … Continue reading